Updated on November 13, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
P izza is a favorite food in many homes. Delivery pizza is quick and easy, but nothing beats a homemade pizza. Crafting a pizza is also a fun activity for your family to do together. Picture it- the perfect pizza goes into the oven. The timer goes off. You go to grab it and drop a hot pizza all over the floor.
Not anymore! Pizza peels can make dinnertime a success—no more crying over spilled pizza. A peel can be used in an oven, on the grill, or in an outdoor pizza oven (life goals!). Here are some of our favorites.
The Best Pizza Peels
(Best budget option — $)
Why it’s great: The New Star Peel is a wooden peel made from basswood. That’s different than many wooden peels. It’s made from basswood to help prevent cracking or oils from the wood getting into your food. The New Star Peel comes in twelve different sizes, more than any of the others we reviewed. It’s got an easy-grip handle, so whether you’re a novice or pro, you can easily grab your pizza!
Keep in mind: The wood on this peel is a bit softer than others, so it’s very important to make sure it’s fully dry before you put it away. Otherwise, it can warp or get moldy. The edges can be a bit rough, so you may want to treat it before use.
(Best for small spaces — $$)
Why it’s great: The Premium Aluminum Pizza Peel is a lightweight peel that is compatible with many different grills and ovens. The peel is a little smaller than some of the others we have reviewed, but with its smaller size, it’s great for even the smallest kitchens. The handle folds in, making it easy to store.
Keep in mind: This pizza peel can’t be scrubbed with abrasive scrubbers and is not dishwasher safe. It’s smaller than some of the other peels that we are reviewing, coming in at fourteen inches. If you’re making a larger pizza, check out our other options.
(Best for feeding the whole family — $$)
Why it’s great: This pizza peel is large, coming in at twenty-three inches. It’s made of bamboo and very sturdy. The Pizza Royale is very durable and can be used for a variety of foods beyond pizza. It doesn’t split, warp, or crack if taken care of properly. The peel comes with a 180-day guarantee, making it a risk-free purchase.
Keep in mind: The peel can’t go in the dishwasher but can easily be hand washed. It’s a bit thicker than some of its metal counterparts, which can make it a bit harder to pick up your pizza. Make sure you angle the peel well to pick up your pie.
(Great to keep the dough from sticking — $$)
Why it’s great: Many people complain that pizza sticks to the various peels on the market. The Ultimate Aluminum Pizza Peel has a ceramic coating, making it easy to get pizza on and off the peel. The coating is safe and doesn’t contain any Teflon or PBAs. The back of the peel also has a raised lip, which makes it easier to get the pizza off and on- your pizza won’t slip off the back.
Keep in mind: The peel is a bit thin, and some reviewers feel that makes it flimsy. It has divots in the peel to help with even cooking that can end up holding flour, making it tricky to clean. The peel has sharp edges so be careful around young children.
(Easy for pizza peel rookies — $$$)
Why it’s great: This peel gets kudos overall for making it easy to pick up a pizza both from your prep surface and the oven. It’s made of composite so it will hold up well and has a non-stick pastry cloth attached so that food doesn’t stick. It’s smooth and sturdy, so it can pick up large pizzas with all the toppings! This peel is easy from the first use, so recommended for those new to using a peel.
Keep in mind: The cover may have to be readjusted frequently, and it tends to shrink during washing. You may want to keep the fabric out of the dryer so it keeps its shape. It comes with a higher price point than our other picks, but it also easier to use than many other peels on the market.
(Best multitasker- $$)
Why it’s great: The Frederica Pizza Peel comes in three different sizes. This makes it perfect for meals for one or a large group. The peel is also designed to be a cutting board and serving tray. Its attractive bamboo finish makes it go from prep to party. There is also a hole in the handle so you can hang it in your kitchen to store between uses.
Keep in mind: This is another peel made from bamboo, so it can’t go in the dishwasher. Hand wash with warm soapy water to keep your peel fresh and clean. Putting it in the dishwasher can dry it out, causing cracks or splinters.
(Easy for easy cleanup — $$)
Why it’s great: The Checkered Chef Pizza Peel makes it easy to put your pizza in the oven or on the grill. It can fit pizzas up to sixteen inches, making it great for families of all sizes. It’s made of stainless steel, so it’s lightweight but sturdy. The peel has a retractable handle, so it’s easy to store between uses.
It’s not just a pizza peel- you can use it as an extra-large flipper for cooking on the grill. Bakers can use the peel to pick up cakes, pies, or tarts. The Checkered Chef is also dishwasher safe, making clean up the easiest part!
Keep in mind: It can take a little time to figure out how to slide your pizza onto the peel and into the oven. Remember to put down flour or cornmeal to help with sticking. The crust can stick to the pizza peel, making it tough to get it off and into the oven.
FAQs about pizza peels
1. What’s the best way to use a pizza peel?
Place your pizza peel at a thirty- or forty-degree angle and quickly scoop the pizza up. If you have trouble scooping up your pizza, it’s most likely because you’re trying to slide the pizza peel under the pie too slowly. Move fast, angle the peel under your pizza, and lift.
2. Do I really need one?
Pizza peels are one of those things you don’t think you need until you try it and realize what you were missing. They make pizza prep so easy. I don’t know about you, but I used to struggle to get my pizza in and out of the oven, trying not to burn myself. A pizza peel makes it easy, and I can move the pizza while it cooks to make sure it cooks evenly.
3. How do I prep the peel so my pizza doesn’t stick?
Many users complain that the hardest part about using a pizza peel is that their pizza sticks to the peel. There are a few ways to tackle this. Some pizza peels come with a non-stick coating to help with the stickiness. If your peel does not, use some cornmeal on the peel before adding your pizza. This will help eliminate the dough sticking to your peel.
4. What size pizza peel should I get?
There are so many pizza peel sizes; it can be hard to choose. You want a peel that is going to fit your pizza on it fully. If your pizza goes over the edges, it can burn. It’s ok if your peel is too big for your pizza, but you don’t want it to be too small.
5. How should I take care of a wood pizza peel?
Like most wood, a wooden pizza peel can be treated to help it last longer. Make sure that it dries fully before you put it away. Store it in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. Some users will treat their pizza peels with oil. You can rub a little food-grade oil into your wood peel to keep the wood from drying out.
Who doesn’t love pizza? It’s a staple in our house, and the peel is a new addition to make pizza night even easier. With a little bit of practice, your pizza peel can become your new favorite kitchen gadget. The possibilities are endless with a pizza peel- you can use it to make so many different things. Grab your favorite toppings and get cooking!